For years I've heard about these 2 amps & I finally have both. Both are Heads. Here it is: F-50 Clean channel: Truly amazing entering into Fender territory. Quiet, fat & cuts thru well. It's pretty warm. Treble can be past noon & I'm not hating the sound. DC-5 Clean channel: Sounds good, but not nearly as easy to dial in as the F-50. Even with the EQ there's a high end shrill that drives me crazy. F-50 Gain channel: Pretty easy to dial in. It's a bit bright. At higher volumes it tightens up and delivers good useable tone. DC-5 Gain channel: Hands down the most unique voiced drive channel I've ever played thru (in a good way). It's cuts thru a mix unlike any other amp. Lots of midrange which I like. Winner is: F-50! The F-50 clean channel is worth the price of the amp.. I can still get the F-50 gain channel close to the DC-5. I never thought my DC-5 would take a back seat to an F-50.. I don't use reverb often, but the F-50 has better reverb. I used an SG & Tele for this scientific outcome..